This article in Britain’s Daily Mail tells of all the people scrambling to get to the top of Mount Everest recently, and apparently one of them had taken his bike along. It seems pretty loony, to say the least.
I have zero interest in mountain climbing, though I’ve gotten intrigued with reading about it. From what I’ve been able to gather, climbing Mt. Everest brings one into conditions so severe that it takes all of one’s resources to survive. That entails that no one who gets into trouble can reasonably expect anyone else to save them. And that further entails that people will die there fairly frequently. Moreover, it’s expensive to climb Everest, and so people who are doing it just this once have an incentive to keep going when weather conditions suggest they quit, which simply adds to the numbers of those killed. Too bad, but at least it’s their choice.
In the comments to the article, one woman says she is disgusted by people who refrain from rescuing someone because they want to get to the top, though if I recall correctly, the problem is more likely to occur when coming down and one is simply trying to get to a more reasonable elevation as fast as possible. Under those circumstances, it seems to me that no one can expect anyone else to help them.